Welcome from the UPD Chief of Police

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for the team at the Texas State University Police Department.  Along with the rest of the Bobcat community, we look forward to supporting our students on their path to success. We are here to help around-the-clock and we look forward to welcoming all of you back.

Chief Matt

Matthew E. Carmichael Police Chief

We’re focused on your safety and well-being every day.


Safety on campus is key to fostering an enriching, vibrant and diverse learning community at Texas State University, and UPD is a committed partner in promoting safety through community engagement, round-the-clock patrol, mental health liaison, emergency response, and training opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

Round-the-Clock Patrols

Chances are, students will spot a UPD officer on campus in their daily routine. This is a good time to say hello and get acquainted and ask any questions about the university.  Many of our officers and guards started out as students at Texas State and loved this place so much, they never left. The team is focused on protecting the Bobcat community and responding to any calls that may arise during the day or night. UPD is always here. Find out more about the team at Who We Are.

Safety Resources

Students can count on UPD for resources, tips, and ideas for staying safe. There are several safety preparations students can take even before they step on campus. UPD shares these Top 5 Safety Tips for Students as an easy online reference.  Students should sign up and also add family member email addresses to the TXState Alerts, an important emergency notification system at the university.

Community Engagement

Being a part of the Bobcat community is at the heart of the mission of UPD. Our officers choose to work here because of the unique nature of a university as diverse as TXST. Opportunities to engage with UPD include the Student Police Academy, Popcorn with the Police, Paletas with the Policia, and Coffee with the Cops among other firsthand and fun activities. The newest program is Chat it Up with the Chief, an opportunity to have lunch with the chief and bring up any topic for conversation. UPD Events provides the latest dates and times for community engagement opportunities.

UPD Mental Health Liaison

UPD at TXST is leading by example with the addition of a Mental Health Liaison, Officer Jessica Kinney. She is representative of UPD’s commitment to providing a holistic and supportive response to any call for service.

Here for You

The UPD team is passionate and dedicated about keeping the campus community safe and to your success. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by any time at UPD headquarters in the Nueces Building, 615 North LBJ Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666.